not cut them out. reform them. thee, military expenditures can be cut, those cuts must be surgical, so we can say, your butt, byron, if the chinese ntrol. ann wright out of alabama, bill, you scared me with the talking points memo, if the dollar collapses, how can i secure my finances everything you have must be insured all bank and brokerage accounts number one. i don't think the usa will default, but if things don't change in the spending realm we will enter a dark time. and karen, williamsburg, virginia, bill, you are wrong not all of us deserve the government we get. what about those who understand where the country is headed and are overwhelmed by the uninformed. unfortunately we americans are all in this together, whatever happens. the centers will suffer with the the majority. we've seen this throughout history. greg, from pennsylvania.